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One of the first things that you notice when you walk into a building is cleanliness,

and selecting the right entrance matting system can play a big part in making a great impression. Milliken tells us all about its Entrance Flooring Solutions and how one particular system is creating a positive image at Beijing Airport.

In a high traffic environment such as an airport, with thousands of people coming and going each and every day, it is essential that the right entrance matting systems are in place to keep any unwanted dirt at bay.

This was a particular issue for Beijing Airport – the second busiest airport in the world with around 90 million passengers per year – and Beijing Airport Management needed an effective matting solution to maintain cleanliness throughout the facility, while also preventing the risk of slips and trips on its hard floors. With an efficient entrance flooring system in place, building cleaning costs could be significantly reduced, as less dirt and moisture could get tracked into the building.

The management team at Beijing Airport turned to Milliken, with the installation of its OBEX modular entrance matting system. Designed specifically for implementing a three-part entryway system, the OBEX range from Milliken offers a further cost advantage as it stands up to heavy wear and tear and provides a long lifetime if maintained as per manufacturer’s recommendations. The modular tile range is suitable for indoor and outdoor installations and offers contractors better cost- in-use in public spaces than other mat systems. The modular tile design means that it is simple to install and replace if damage should occur, and small areas can be replaced easily and cost- effectively with minimum disruption.

The three-part entryway system provides the best protection against the outdoor elements for public spaces and commercial buildings as depending on the size of the area, this system ensures that there is at least 25 feet of walk-off matting, which results in most dirt and moisture being prevented from entering the building.

In zone 1, a scraper product outside the entrance stops the dirt from first entering the building. The second zone comprises a combination of a scraper product and textile construction, which attacks the primary level of moisture and small particulates. The third zone is the 100% textile product, to target any remaining soil and moisture.

Because of its high performance in dirt and moisture collection, the OBEX modular entrance matting system has been utilised in the world’s

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busiest airports, including Atlanta as well as Beijing, to secure clean and safe floors in their demanding, high traffic areas. However, while selecting the right product is a good starting point, making sure it continues to perform is equally important. Daily vacuuming of the matting area and periodic deep cleaning are recommended to maintain durable performance.

The OBEX installation in Beijing Airport highlights the importance of this process. The OBEX matting system was specified and installed, but after a period of time, the matting began to look dirty – showing that it is clearly doing its job!

After a site evaluation and meeting with the management, it was found that while a daily vacuum was done, the airport staff never used a hot water extraction machine to clean the matting areas. A deep clean was then carried out, and the process of water mixed with detergent penetrated the textile, catching the soiling before being immediately extracted. This left minimum moisture that quickly dried out, thanks to the open construction of the OBEX patented product concept, and the matting looked as good as new, as can be seen in the before and after pictures.

Milliken therefore recommends regular vacuuming and periodic deep cleaning, to ensure that textile performance is maintained and product durability is secured. They offer a five-year wear guarantee on the OBEX matting system, providing that this regular maintenance is performed.

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